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Alex Agoston Prosthetic Limbs

Alex Agoston from Lupeni, Romania, lost both his arms and one foot in a tragic train accident, at the age of 8. Children Aid has started a new effort of raising the much needed money for his prosthetic arms, and leg, allowing Alex to get his life back. The amount is 17,500 EUR which amounts to approximatively US$24,000.

Rotary Bookmobile

The Bookmobile is a US$37,500 project completed in collaboration with seven Rotary Clubs from US and Romania. The bookmobile is mobile center for disseminating information to people in rural areas. It has books, laptops, CDs, Internet [wireless] connectivity, and will be powered in the future by alternative (solar and wind) energies.

Book Donations

In 2009, Children Aid has donated over 1,000 books to the local Library in City of Filiasi. We almost forgot about the donation, when we received an invitation from the Library, and the City. We were asked to speak about our community projects during the "Cultural Days of Filiasi" in May 2009, along with the City Mayor, and several local, and district authorities.

Computer Labs

There is now a state-of-the-art Computer Lab in "Fratostita Elementary School" which "Children Aid" help rebuild. The school was getting a donation of 10 brand new computers, however they had no furniture for their PCs, just an small empty classroom.

Disadvantaged children

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English Language Labs

In 2008, "Children Aid" and "Elementary School of Filiasi" joined forces to build a state-of-the-art English Lab. We will be implementing this model to ten more participating schools, and extend the program with evening English classes for the adult population of working age.

English Programs

"Speak! Now" was created in 2007 by "Children Aid" in collaboration with the "City Hall of Filiasi", and eight dedicated local teachers. The goal was to teach English Language skills to children ages 7 to 18. The program is free, and currently enlists 200 children from 5 communites. All teachers are volunteers.

Free Dental Screening

Many kids in the rural areas of Romania still suffer from poor dental hygiene, and lack of information in regarding correct procedures of brushing their teeth. It may seem unbelievable, but we found out that in many cases, their parents couldn't even afford to buy toothpaste and a toothbrush, less alone replace it every several months, or teach their kids about proper dental hygiene.

Holiday Gifts

This is another International Project in collaboration with Rotary, and consists in buying presents for children on various occasions, Holidays, or end of the school season. We have sponsored 15 children to go shopping with local Rotarians, volunteers from Craiova.

Laptops for Kids

Developing computer skills for children and young adults is one of our main priorities. With an International Matching Grant with Rotary, we provided several dozen computers in ten locations (schools and libraries) in rural areas of SouthWest Romania - Dolj County.

Mentoring and Scholarships

"Children Aid and Development" is proud to mentor and sponsor 25 bright students in their quest for knowledge. By providing full and part scholarships, we empower brilliant young people, while building a better future for their communities.

They are all energetic, intelligent, kind-hearted, and deeply rooted scholars. Aside from their academic achievements, we know them as lights in their communities, helping people around them, always ready to lend a hand, and make this planet a better world. We are very enthusiastic about this program that started in 2008, and we have very high hopes for them: five o are in college already, and the rest being between 8 and 18 years of age.

Rebuilding Schools

This project aimed to rebuild a school which was the heart of a small community of 600-700 people. The goal was to double the number of classroom seats, from 150 to 300. Due to the lack of space, many kids had to walk for hours, summer or winter, just to attend the school in the nearby village, 5 miles away.

Heating Systems

During winter, outside temperatures sometimes fall below 0 degrees Fahrenheit (-18 degrees Celsius). Some classrooms had no heating and the bottled water used to freeze. Thanks to generous donors, Children Aid was able to help 300 children to study in warm classrooms. The project was started and completed in the summer of 2004.

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